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Forest and Conservation Technician

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Overview:

Forest and conservation technicians compile data on the size, content, and condition of forest land. These workers usually work in a forest under the supervision of a forester, doing specific tasks such as measuring timber, supervising harvesting operations, assisting in road building operations, and locating property lines and features. They also may gather basic information, such as data on populations of trees, disease and insect damage, tree seedling mortality, and conditions that may pose a fire hazard.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Overview (continued):

In addition, forest and conservation technicians train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, and maintaining recreational facilities.

Increasing numbers of forest and conservation technicians work in urban forestry -- the study of individual trees in cities -- and other nontraditional specialties, rather than in forests or rural areas.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Preparation:

Most science technicians need an associate degree or a certificate in applied science or science-related technology. Many employers prefer applicants who have at least 2 years of specialized training or an associate degree in applied science or science-related technology.

Many technical and community colleges offer associate degrees in a specific technology or more general education in science and mathematics.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Preparation (continued):

A number of associate degree programs are designed to provide easy transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at colleges or universities. The Society of American Foresters grants recognition to educational programs leading to a two-year Associate's degree in forest technology or the equivalent.  

A list of all accredited programs is available on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life– Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Day in the Life:

Science technicians work under a wide variety of conditions. Some occasionally work irregular hours to monitor experiments that cannot be completed during regular working hours.

Forest and conservation technicians perform much of their work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Day in the Life:

Advances in automation and information technology require technicians to operate more sophisticated laboratory equipment.

Science technicians make extensive use of computers, electronic measuring equipment, and traditional experimental apparatus.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Earnings:

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly earnings of forest and conservation technicians are about $23.97 per hour. In 2009, the average annual salary in the Federal Government was  $42,733 for forestry technicians.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Employment:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, forest and conservation technicians hold about 34,000 jobs in the United States. About 75 percent of forest and conservation technicians hold jobs in the Federal Government, mostly in the Forest Service.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Career Path Forecast:

Employment of forest and conservation technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as average. Opportunities at state and local governments within specialties such as urban forestry may provide some new jobs. In addition, an increased emphasis on specific conservation issues, such as environmental protection, preservation of water resources, and control of exotic and invasive pests, will spur demand.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Career Path Forecast:

In addition to job openings created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and techniques used in industrial research, development, and production become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with highly developed technical skills.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Forest and Conservation Technician

Resources:

More information about Forest and Conservation Technicians is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including lists of programs, suggestions for precollege students, a free monthly careers newsletter, and a PDF summarizing the field.

Associations:

Society of American Foresters

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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